I am currently an Emergency Manager for an SF Bay Area VA Health Care System. Former Paramedic, retired National Guard Warrant Officer with 34 years under my belt between Active duty and NG time. Spent a year in the sand box in Sadam’s home town of Tikrit, as the Battalion Maintenance Officer. Spent a lot of my time on the road scrounging for anything and everything we need to keep our trucks on the road, my troops safe, and doing what ever it took to get the job done. The only difference between El Paso, TX (home of my NG unit) and Tikrit was about 10 degrees and the missing Walmart bags blown along every fence. Other than that, the two places were pretty similar. I am proud to say we even though we were in the tip off the triangle and performed close to 900 Convoys, we came home with everyone. Anything else doesn’t matter in my book, no one had to write to a family or deliver a flag. So to that end I feel we were a success. As for the country of Iraq, well that is a story best told on another day.
Firearms, I collect a lot of older mil surp rifles, many of them were sporterized prior to me getting them. Which in my humble opinion, it is a good way to start out as you don’t have to drop a couple of grand in a pristine Springfield 30-40 Krag, when a cut up one can be had for a couple of hundred bucks. Open to questions and comments about a lot of different things. Not going to say I have the right answer, but you can ask.